As if legitimate news outlets didn't have enough trouble covering electric vehicles sensibly, now we get the comedians weighing in.
Late-night talk-show host and stereotypical grumpy guy Adam Carolla recently lit into electric cars, in an interview with Gizmodo's Jason Chen in which he was invited to complain. About anything and everything.
First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010
His grasp of electric car facts isn't that great, but his exaggerations are funny. In that adorable, irascible, not-very-factually-accurate kind of way. He says, for instance:
- Electric cars have a range of 44 miles. Well, ummm, no. Try 100 miles or more.
- The 2011 Chevy Volt has a 90-mile "radius" (which he corrects to "range"). Actually, 40 miles on electricity plus 300 miles on gasoline.
- There's a new all-electric 2011 Toyota Prius coming that will charge in 3 hours. Nope (there is a 2012 Plug-In Prius, though).
Carolla, by the way, does seem to support the concept of electric vehicles. He just wants to build dozens of nuclear power plants to power them. And he's concerned about U.S. energy security. Very loudly concerned.
He also doesn't like "tree huggers from San Francisco" who "love France" and want to "power everything with pixie dust." Oh, and everyone from the Seventies was wrong. REALLY, REALLY WRONG. AND STUPID TOO.
Yes, we know. It's just humor. [sigh] Whatever.
WARNING: Given Carolla's F-bombs, the clip is probably Not Suitable For Work. At least unless you mute the volume, which means you'll miss the rant.